2022 Super Bowl: Who is John Wolford? A look at the Rams’ backup QB with Matthew Stafford gimpy vs. Bengals – CBSSports.com

2022 Super Bowl: Who is John Wolford? A look at the Rams' backup QB with Matthew Stafford gimpy vs. Bengals - CBSSports.com

The Los Angeles Rams are right in the thick of a fight for the Lombardi Trophy, and quarterback Matthew Stafford is gimpy after suffering a lower-leg injury late in the third quarter. Stafford appeared to have his ankle trapped during a sack and even underwent medical evaluation on the sidelines before returning to action. But who is L.A.’s backup plan at QB against the Bengals? That would be John Wolford.

Wolford is an undrafted free agent out of Wake Forest who had never thrown a pass in an NFL regular-season game before late in 2020, but there is plenty to like about this kid. From a famous coach who showed early interest in him to future NFL MVPs he once defeated, Rams fans are hoping they witness the birth of a star this weekend. If you’re unfamiliar with John Wolford, let’s get you caught up. 

Recruited by Lincoln Riley

Wolford attended Bishop Kenny high school in Jacksonville, Florida. According to his 247Sports Composite Rating, he was a three-star recruit but did have a famous suitor. Former East Carolina offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley saw something in Wolford, and unsuccessfully tried to recruit him to ECU. That’s right, the four-time Big 12 champion and the 2018 Big 12 Coach of the Year was interested in Wolford. He did end up heading north to the state of North Carolina, but attended Wake Forest instead. 

He once out-dueled Lamar Jackson

Wolford had a pretty successful college career. He set school records as a senior with a 157.98 efficiency rating, 3,192 passing yards, 29 touchdown passes, 3,875 total offense yards, 39 touchdowns responsible for in a season and 78 total in his career, according to Wake Forest’s official website. Wolford also set Wake Forest bowl game records with 49 passing attempts, 32 completions, 400 yards and four touchdown passes in a win over Texas A&M in the Belk Bowl. One of the more notable performances he registered in his career was leading the Demon Deacons to a 42-32 win over Lamar Jackson and the Louisville Cardinals. Wolford completed 28 of 34 passes for 461 yards and five touchdowns in the statement win, and he will potentially have another chance to down a Heisman Trophy winner in Kyler Murray this Sunday. 

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